I believe in healing, growth and change. I collaborate with people to help them live a more authentic, connected life.
Licensed Professional Counselor in PORTLAND, OR
I've been working with children and teens for years. I am passionate about allowing teens to have a safe place to process difficulties in their lives, encourage empowerment and emotional expression. I use transparency, humor and feedback to help teens explore what's going on in their lives. I believe in the value of autonomy and self advocacy for teens and work to support this.
Working with eating disorders is a strong passion of mine. I believe recovery is possible and that together we can improve relationship with body, mind and food through a compassionate, team oriented exploration and examination of your relationships to food and your body. I believe the culture in this country has taught people that their bodies are wrong and that there are good/bad ways to eat and I help people find balance, become allies with their bodies and normalize their relationship to food.
Many of the clients I see struggle with some form of anxiety. I work collaboratively with people to help them gain coping skills, confidence and understanding while offering a safe, inviting and non judgmental place to explore various anxiety related concerns. I believe our anxieties are communicating information to us and that my role is to support people in discovering this message.
As humans, we need and exist in relationships; to others, to the environment, to ourselves. I believe that one of the most important aspects of my work with clients is developing a strong relationship based around safety and expression and use these experiences in therapy to help people understand the ways in which they relate to other aspects of their lives.
I use ACT to inform my work with people across various areas of concern. I help people apply the principles of connecting with their current experiences, identifying the ways in which the relationships to our emotions and thoughts impact our lives and disconnect us from our values. I then help people change the relationships they have with their emotions and thoughts and move towards their values.
I actively think about and incorporate the impact of societal, political and social causes on people's well being. Therefore, I incorporate feminist theories and philosophies into my work. I think it is integral to therapy to look at the impact of oppression on mental health and feminist therapy helps me do this. One of my primary focuses on work with people, is empowerment. I believe in examining the role that power plays in people's lives and the therapy relationship.
Working with eating disorders is a strong passion of mine. I believe recovery is possible and that together we can improve relationship with body, mind and food through a compassionate, team oriented exploration and examination of your relationship to food and your body. I believe we live in a society that teaches us our bodies are wrong and that there are good and bad foods. I believe this is NOT true. It is my mission to help people regain trust in their bodies, eat intuitively and challenge diet culture and disordered beliefs about food.